Pixar sure have had a busy year, after Inside Out got us all emotional just a few months back, they are back with The Good Dinosaur, arriving in Irish cinemas from November 27th, and it tells the story of what might have happened had Earth not gotten a smack of a comet 65,000,000 years ago. In honour of the ancient beasts, we’ve made up a bit of list of some of our favourite on-screen dinos!
He wanted to be the hero, but poor Rex wasn’t the big, bad monster that he really wanted to be, mainly because he simply doesn’t like confrontation. Those tiny arms can’t have helped much, either.
JURASSIC PARK SERIES
Four films in, and we’ve been spoiled with dozens of different types of dinos, and most of them wanted to eat you, from the T-Rex to the Raptors to the new Indominus Rex that was man-made for Jurassic World. Even the cute ones have a tendency to sneeze on you. Expect even more still when Jurassic World 2 arrives in cinemas on 2018.
ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.
There’s very few things in the world that could distract you from the sights of big, bad dinosaurs. And while 1966’s stop-motion classic from Ray Harryhausen was hugely impressive for it’s time, all eyes were on Raquel Welsh in that fur bikini.
THE LAND BEFORE TIME
For kids of a certain age, this was their Bambi moment. When we meet Littlefoot and his family, and then have to survive that heart-breaking moment when his mother is killed by a T-Rex, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Twelve sequels later, we’d still say stick with the original.
ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS
The film most likely to turn Palaeontologists and Archaeologists certifiably insane. When Manny, Diego and Sid discover a tropical world underneath their ice-covered home, they soon find that it’s filled with dinosaurs that have survived the asteroid-y apocalypse. Kids didn’t seem to mind though, as the film went on to make just shy of $900 million at the box office.
File this one under “cult classic”. A 90s buddy cop movie with Whoopi Goldberg and a talking dinosaur Teddy, voiced by Scandal’s George Newbern, telling the story of a mad scientist who is killing dinosaurs in an alternative future society. Not without cause, the movie’s writer and director never worked again. Still though, nostalgia is a powerful thing!
Peter Jackson’s remake of the giant gorilla classic featured the hairy island native taking on not one, not two, but THREE HUGE T-REXES! While the film seemed to go on forever, nobody could fault that amazing scene, with Kong attempting to find off the dinos, while simultaneously trying to save Naomi Watts from their constantly snapping jaws.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Security-guy Ben Stiller discovers that the exhibits in the museum he guards have a tendency to come to life once the place is locked up for the night. One of those exhibits is the skeleton of an old T-Rex, which initially seems to want to gobble him up, but all he really wanted to do was play fetch.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR is at Irish cinemas from November 27th